Yes, I know it seems like this is turning into an “obscure music” blog, but other stuff will be coming soon. But for now, more little known “hits” from my music collection!
Following up from last week’s look at Spinal Tap-related band Lenny and the Squigtones, we take a gander at a band that actually pre-dates Spinal Tap by a few months, mining similar ground.
In 1983, Adrian Edmondson wrote and starred in a film as part of The Comic Strip Presents…. series that followed the trials and tribulations of a heavy metal band as they attempted to go on tour. Also in the band were two of Edmondson’s fellow Young Ones alumni, Rik Mayall and Nigel Planer. Also on hand were Edmondson’s wife Pamela Saunders and her comedy partner, Dawn French.
What separates Bad News from Spinal Tap is that Tap is always presented as stupid, but still good music. Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer did nothing to hide their considerable musical talents. Edmondson & Co., however, do everything they can to look as bad as humanly possible. Still, Edmondson, who wrote the songs (“Bohemian Rhapsody” excepted) shows his skill by being able to skewer the genre so completely.
So watch these with an understanding that they *really* are bad, because they are meant to be.